Mujaddara: Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions

Mujaddara Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions - Chew Nibble Nosh

This is one of those meals that, ever since I made it, I’ve wished I hadn’t run out of leftovers.  It’s that good.  I first tried Mujaddara, basically the Middle Eastern version of beans and rice, when I was visiting family in Michigan.  Friends owned a wonderful little Lebanese restaurant, and we made sure to grab a meal there every time we were in town.  I remember my sister-in-law ordering Mujaddara, and telling me it was her favorite.  I thought, “Lentils and rice?  OK…” and I ordered some other delicious, meaty, item off the menu.  My dinner was perfect, but Kelly offered me a bite of hers, and I realized I should never doubt the power of a simple beans and rice dish.

Lentils with Smoked Sausage and Carrots

Lentils with Smoked Sausage and Carrots  - Chew Nibble Nosh

Picture it:  “Sicily, 1922…”  I’m kidding.  I couldn’t resist.

Let’s start again.  Picture it:  It’s a cold, dreary day.  That icky, gross, rainy, cold, mucky, windy, ick kind of day that we all hate going out in.  That was my yesterday.  When a truly gross day rolls around, I usually want comfort food for dinner.  Preferably, something warm and cozy.  This dinner was exactly that.  It’s not the prettiest meal to look at, I fully recognize that, but it sure was tasty.  Simple, homey, good for you…and both of my kids gobbled it up. (Which, if you’re a parent, you know is a miracle in itself.)